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May 7, 2004

'Van Helsing' sinks teeth into B.O. as Olsens loom

COUNTERPROGRAMMING MAY-POLES

Some May pics that failed to nab the No. 1 weekend spot were blessed with legs. Today, “New York Minute” vies to chip some dough off “Van Helsing’s” mega-bow.

TOP MAY BOWS (that didn’t open at No. 1)

Runner-up   Open     Total Domestic B.O.* No. 1 pic was…
Notting Hill (’99) 
  28**

  116

Phantom Menace
Daddy Day Care (’03) 
  28

  104

X2
Insomnia (’02) 
  26**

  67

Attack of the Clones
Spirit… (’02) 
  23**

  73

Attack of the Clones
Shanghai Noon (’00) 
  20**

  57

MI2
The Italian Job (’03) 
  19

  106

Finding Nemo
* in millions of $ for pics since 1999
** 4-day opening

BOWING
Movie Title

Engagements

Van Helsing (U) 3,574
New York Minute (WB) 3,006
Super Size Me (Samuel Goldwyn / Roadside) 41
The Boston Red Sox Movie (Thinkfilm) 17
A Foreign Affair (Innovation) 10
The Mudge Boy (Strand) NY, LA 4
Reeseville (Innovation) 4
Godzilla (’54 re) (Rialto) NY, San Fran. 2
Valentin (Miramax) NY, LA 2

YEAR TO DATE
(in billions of $)
2.5


’03
thru May 4

2.6
+4%


’04
thru May 2

1. Van Helsing
2. New York Minute
3. Mean Girls
4. Man on Fire
5. 13 Going on 30

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RELEASE DATES AND CHANGES
As of May 6
Pic New date Old date
ARTISTIC LICENSE
Virgin Aug. 13 June 18
Cooch Aug. 27 June 4
DREAMWORKS
Shrek 2 May 19 May 21
FOCUS FEATURES
The Motorcycle Diaries Sept. 24 Oct. 8
FOX
First Daughter Nov. 19 TBA
GO FISH PICTURES
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence Sept. 17  
MIRAMAX
Shall We Dance? Oct. 15 Aug. 6
Bride and Prejudice Dec. 25  
THINKFILM
Primer Oct.  
VITAGRAPH
After Freedom May 14  
Ju-On: The Grudge July 23  
WARNER INDEPENDENT
A Scanner Darkly Sept. 16 ’05  
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Source: Nielsen EDI Filmsource

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